What's The TML?
By Margie Battaglia
The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) opened in September 2007 on the Brighton Campus. After only a few weeks, BC students discovered that the library building, straight out of the 1960s, is a great place to study. It is very, very quiet, especially at night.
What about the books located there? There are about 170,000 books on the shelves of the library, the great majority related to Catholicism, religion and theology. There are many unique books in the collection too Ė some dating as far back as 1400. Rare books however do not circulate and some will be moved to the Burns Library on the Chestnut Hill Campus to preserve them in the proper environment.
The library will be open through spring exams 2008. On May 15 the library will close for renovations and re-open in September 2008. Also during the summer, the collection will be expanded when the Weston Jesuit School of Theology collection, currently located in Cambridge, is merged with the existing materials.
The renovations will correct some of the problems you may have noticed if you have visited the library: very limited access to electrical outlets and no wireless or network connections at all. Other renovations that will take place in the summer include new lighting, the addition of a ramp to make the building more accessible; new restrooms; and the upgrades to electrical and data connections.
The materials located at this newly acquired library are listed in Quest with a location of Theology and Ministry Library. The books circulate to St. Johnís seminarians, faculty and staff as well as to Boston College students, faculty and staff with the same loan periods as those for other Boston College library materials. At present there is no delivery from the library to the main campus so you must visit the library to borrow materials. You can return them to any BC library.
The library is currently open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. For more information and directions to the library call 617-552-0549.
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Margie Battaglia, Head Librarian, Access Services, O'Neill Library Photos by Kevin Tringale